I’ve seem to be on a roll today so here I am, starting another blog entry! (3 July) I’m hoping that this entry won’t take another 3 months to be completed. 😂 It is going to be another long one though because I don’t want to cut it into 2 parts so please bear with me!
I just want to get right into it so here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto
Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 7 in Tokyo DisneySea
We started the day around the same time as the day before, except the weather was much worse.
It was quite wet and grey in the morning. It was a good thing that I brought my cardigan with me, poor lune was quite cold in her short sleeves shirt.
As mentioned in the previous entry, Tanabata was just around the corner and Tokyo DisneyLand decorated its park to match the theme too.
It looked like there were a lot of people but that could be because everyone didn’t fancy going out in the rain. There’s a roof over World Bazaar which made walking around in bad weather much easier.
We turned right in World Bazaar and gone into Tomorrowland for our first ride.
Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek! It is a popular ride and I would recommend getting the FASTPASS for it. But since it was still pretty early, just before 10am, and the weather wasn’t nice, the stand by queue wasn’t too bad for us.
“Working hard? Or hardly working?” This quote cracks me up because it hits pretty close to home, lol.
It was a pretty fun ride, where you shine a torch on the sensors and set the animatronics in motions. If you are a big fan of Monsters, Inc., you will have a fab time. And even if you aren’t (I because I’m not), I still have a fun time every time I’ve been on it.
We then walked further into Fantasyland to get a FASTPASS for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. We still had a bit of time before our time slot so we came out to Castle to snap a few photos.
It wasn’t pouring per se, but it wasn’t a drizzle either…
Hello Mr. Walt!
There’s a plaque underneath the statue and here’s what is written on it.
It definitely is one of my happiest places on Earth!
We then made our way back into Fantasyland for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt!
The interior is very cute, they make it feels like we are walking into a story book. Super fun ride, I really enjoy it every time.
Since it was still raining, we popped into Mickey’s PhilharMagic to hide for the rain and see what was the ride like. Turned out, it wasn’t a bad choice to go into to hide from the rain, but it’s not a Must Do for me.
We then walked a little bit into our next ride, which was Peter Pan’s Flight.
My sister really likes this ride, I quite enjoy it too but it’s not mind blowing or anything to me. I find it a bit funny that it’s a very popular ride in Magic Kingdom. I suppose if you are a fan of the film, you will get a lot of joy out of this ride. Not that I don’t like the ride, I do, but I wouldn’t say it’s on my the Must Do list.
Anyway, I ate this rice ball while we were queueing to pass the time xD
And look! My nails glowed in the dark! xDDD
Afterwards, we took a small detour to go to Critter Country to get a FASTPASS for Splash Mountain and I took a picture of one of my favourite corners in Tokyo DisneyLand.
We then made our way back to Tomorrowland through Fantasyland (we walked by this path many times that day, lol).
Sights along the way
Our next ride is the Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland.
It’s a pretty fun ride, you have to shot at targets to earn points. I find it difficult to get the aims right so my score isn’t too high but I’m enjoying it more and more!
After that, it was time for lunch (1pm). It was still drizzling as well so we took cover at Queen of Heart’s Banquet Hall.
The interior decor
It is quite well known to be one of the most themed restaurant in Tokyo Disney Resort, and the food is great here. I first visited in April 2015, with a cousin and a friend. I tried the Rotisserie chicken dish and I was hooked! It is one of the best roast chicken I have ever had.
Since then, every time I visited Tokyo DisneyLand, this is the restaurant I go to for lunch. And I always have the Rotisserie chicken. 🙂
I also ordered hot tea as well, because I could never drink too much tea. And look! Disney tea! (It just tasted like black tea, but more expensive because Disney. 😂)
I also brought the strawberry cake from Ginza with me and it fit with the theming! 😂
We must have spent about an hour in there before we were ready to face the crowd and grey weather once more.
When we came out, we saw parts of the parade too so here are some photos from that.
And then, it was time for my favourite ride in Tokyo DisneyLand: Splash Mountain.
Of course we got a FASTPASS xD
I don’t know why, but this is my ultimate favourite ride in DisneyLand. It’s been my top ride since I was 13, I think, and now it’s just for my inner teen that gets giddy every time.
It’s also not a short ride. As in, you are on the ride for about 5 minutes and it has a story line and it’s a thrill ride! Basically, everything I love in a ride. So every time I visit Tokyo DisneyLand, it’s an absolute must. Even if it’s pouring, I will be on that ride xD
And I have done that before as well. XP
After getting off Splash Mountain, we ventured further back in Critter County and found another restaurant, the Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon. I’ve been on Splash Mountain many times before, but I would head out straightaway after I’ve gotten off the ride. This was the first time I actually went further in.
Tortilla Cheese Dog
I’m a fan of hot dog so when I saw the Tortilla cheese dog on the menu, I had to give it a go. It was all right and I’m glad I’ve tried it. I won’t get it again though, lol.
We had time to kill before our next FASTPASS so we went back to the Cinderella Castle so lune can have a walk through inside.
It took a couple of visits before I realised that we could go into the Castle itself. If you are a Cinderella fan, you would love it very much. The attraction itself is called Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall.
I’m not exactly a huge fan of Cinderella myself (my favourite Disney Princess film is Sleeping Beauty), but I still appreciate the theming and decor inside.
There’s even a glass slipper for guest to try on as well!
It’s a shame that the glass slipper is a tad too small for me. xDDD
After that, we went back to Critter County for our next ride, Big Thunder Mountain.
Big Thunder Mountain is actually one of the star rides in Tokyo DisneyLand. It’s fun and I always aim to go on it every time, but it hasn’t got any dips in the rides so I can’t say I love it.
The last ride on my Must Do list is Star Tours, which is in Tomorrowland. So we walked back that way pass Fantasyland again. 😂
Since becoming a Star Wars fan (I am a very late bloomer), this ride gives me more and more joy to go on. I mean, I appreciated it before I was a fan but now I can spot all of the Easter eggs!
The ride isn’t that popular in Japan though, and the queue very typically non-existent. I appreciate the 5 minutes stand by queue (which is basically how long it takes to walk into the ride) but I worry about it.
After Star Tours, we had a lot of time left (it was before 5pm). I wanted to stay and see if there will be any firework that night so we took the opportunity to just walk around and take lots of photos. xD
We walked by World Bazaar and came out to see the Castle once more.
Since it was the end of June, the roses were still blooming so we took lots of photos of that. The background to my phone is still a picture of the roses with the Castle at the back. 🙂
Here’s another picture of the Castle.
Afterwards, I wanted some ice-cream and the only place (I think) that sell chocolate soft-serve in Tokyo DisneyLand is the Troubadour Tavern.
I stumbled upon this while we were walking back to Westernland. One of the cast members must have drawn it to entertain the guests on a rainy day.
Troubadour Tavern is at the border between Fantasyland and Westernland. I actually didn’t know the name of this counter service, I just know where it is and have to open the map up to see what it’s called. 😂
I only like my ice-cream in chocolate flavour so I would walk back around to get it. 😂 Sorbet, I would eat almost any flavour because I like most fruits. But if it’s cream based, chocolate only. Not even chocolate chip with vanilla ice cream. Chocolate. Only. XP
Anyway, being the foodie that I am, I also ordered these baked cheese potato from Captain Hook’s Galley (right next to Troubadour Tavern) to try as well. They were great, but I was so full that I couldn’t finish it. 😂
We decided to go have a look at Toontown so we made our way through Fantasyland once more.
Pretty flowers as we were walking around.
Now, here’s where my memory is a bit fuzzy. I just remember that another ride I usually go on at DisneyLand is the Haunted Mansion. But I have only one picture of it and it’s a blurry picture of lune taking a picture of the Haunted Mansion. 😂
So I’m not sure if we went on it on our way to Toontown or if it was closed for renovation. I’ve asked lune and will come back to update the answer.
Update: We did go on the Haunted Mansion! I should take better care to take a photo at the entrance to remind myself. 😂
Anyway, we went into Toontown because there is actually another ride to go on: the Gadget’s Go Coaster.
This is pretty similar to the Barnstormer in Magic Kingdom and that is probably the first roller coaster I’ve ever been on. So I hold the Barnstormer near and dear to my heart, hence the Gadget’s Go Coaster getting similar treatment. I’m surprised that it actually took me this long to go on it! 😂
After the ride, we went around Toontown and took lots of photos.
There are the Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse (above) and Donald’s Boat (below) where guests can explore.
There’s also the Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey.
It’s a Disney Character Greetings place to meet Mickey himself.
Look at the mailbox!
There’s also Minnie’s House (above) and Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House (below) where guests can walk through as well.
Further back, the area is themed to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (I think).
Until this April, I didn’t know that there’s another ride in there called Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.
It was still pretty nice to walk around through.
One of the things I love about Disney Resort is the theming. They do go all out with it and it’s so easy for me to just immerse myself into the different parts.
I took a picture of this sign because it cracks me up. Dr. I. Teethe! xD
Castle in the evening
We walked back to the World Bazaar and were just looking around the shops. We then discovered a gallery on top of on the shops where guests can go up and have a look around.
Sleeping Beauty, my favourite Disney Princess Classic film.
This was another place I discovered during this trip, even though I’d been to Tokyo DisneyLand many times before. The gallery was pretty amazing, especially the drawing board for Sleeping Beauty since I loved this film so much.
I also discovered other animations that I’d never heard of before, like The Cookie Carnival.
There are also figurines you can buy as well so I suppose it’s a combination of a gallery and a shop…? I actually can’t remember the name of the shop this was on top of either. All I remember is it’s roughly the opposite of the Penny Arcade…?
I think due to the windy/cloudy weather, there was no firework that night. It was a good thing we already saw the firework in Tokyo DisneySea from the night before, but it’s a different feel to watch the firework with the Castle backdrop.
Window display in front of one of the shops in World Bazaar. I love all of the Princess’s shoes!
Anyway, we decided that we should head back to the hotel so we slowly made our way back to the entrance. It’s after 8pm by then and we were both pretty tired.
Another display from a shop.
One last picture of the Castle, all lit up at night.
Two last pictures of the Tanabata decorations at night in the World Bazaar.
A couple of pictures of the entrance of the park at night.
As we were walking back to the train station, we popped into the huge shop at the front, called Bon Voyage.
It’s basically the last stop guests can make to make sure that they have bought everything they want. xD
I have another energy drink to keep me going on the journey back. It takes nearly an hour to travel from Maihama station (Tokyo Disney Resort) to Takadanobaba where we were staying.
In total, it looks like we’ve walked more than our day in Tokyo DisneySea! We did walk through the path connecting Westernland, Critter County, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland multiple times during that day after all. 😂
And look! I only took 5 days to finish this blog post! It’s a massive improvement from 3 months. 😂
There are only 2 more days left of our trip, the other two entries should be much shorter than this one too because I did not take as many photos as I did in Tokyo Disney Resort. xD
Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend!
PS – I went to see Incredibles 2 yesterday and it was, well, incredible! I know that The Incredibles is well loved and after re-watching it last weekend (in preparation for Incredibles 2), I could see why. It is a family film for both children and adult. And Incredibles 2 did not disappoint. The only thing I’d change is to have more Ednar Mode in it! Other than that, a brilliant sequel. Well done Disney and Pixar!